What would our Founding Fathers have to say about the current political setup? The US has, for the most part, a 2-party system.
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Canada has 5 parties in the House of Commons and 17 other recognized parties, Israel has 15 parties with Knesset seats and 28 other parties, and England has 12 parties represented in the House of Commons, to mention a few.
Perhaps this explains the current crisis in the lack of new ideas in government. The 2 parties seem to spend their time in entrenched opposing positions in endless debates, in a comfortable environment. With more parties, members can change allegiance on any bill to combat the major party Whips.
Also, perhaps the voters should insist that the air conditioning and heating be turned off in the Capitol building, forcing the Congressmen and Senators to shorten their interminable speeches and come to more timely decisions to compromise on issues.
The issues are not in question. It’s the failure to reach a resolution that is the problem. Earlier, they would be allowed pork barrel bartering arrangements, and as much as it seems repugnant, it worked to get major bills passed – small bribes at the state level leading to needed changes at the national level.
Final note: in the “old days” very often, since there was no proper air conditioning or central heating, the debates would be on point and shorter and lead to an early resolution due to the onset of heatstroke or frostbite!